First, check out the Iron Pigs lineup below! Then, be prepared for baseball all day! It’s another day-night doubleheader! The Phillies and Nationals will make up a rainout from mid-August. Today’s weather isn’t great, but hopefully the rain will hold off so the two teams can get both games in.
Despite clinching the National League East, the Phillies dropped three of four to the St. Louis Cardinals. Keeping the Cardinals in the Wild Card race could actually help the Phillies down the road, if that means that both the Cardinals and the Braves have to wear out their players. Regardless, it would be nice to have the Phillies win, wrapping up home field advantage in the playoffs.
Kyle Kendrick will start the first game against Ross Detwiler. Kendrick has been pretty solid lately, posting a 2.60 ERA in his last eight starts. However, he hasn’t pitched much over the course of the last month. He threw 78 pitches last Thursday, but that was his first start since August 24. Detwiler also hasn’t pitch much, but he pitched five strong innings in his last outing.
In game two, Cliff Lee will take the mound against Tom Milone. Lee has been dominant all season and his name remains in the talk for the National League Cy Young along with Roy Halladay.
Milone only has three major league appearances, but the Phillies offense always seems to struggle against those young, rookie pitchers. Milone features a fastball, curveball, and changeup. With big name prospects in the Nationals organization like Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, Milone fell under the radar. He had a 3.05 ERA in the minor leagues and averaged eight strikeouts per nine innings.
While the Phillies have lost three of four, the Nationals are on a hot streak. They have won seven out of their last ten. The Phillies are 4-1 at home against the Nationals this season and would like to add two wins to that today.
LINEUP: Victorino CF, Valdez SS, Mayberry, Jr 1B, Pence RF, Francisco LF, Kratz C, Orr 2B, Martinez 3B, Kendrick P
Your Gameday Beer– Whirlwind Witbier
Tonight we have a gentle offering by Victory. This classic German Witbier is supremely drinkable on any evening, especially a rainy one like today. The flavor is comprised by wheat malt and yeast with notes of orange zest, coriander, and clove. Essentially, it’s another more sophisticated version of Blue Moon, if you fancy those. If you can find some fresh shellfish, like a bushel of crabs, have that with it. – By Brian